fear itself

It’s no big secret that I wasn’t a big fan of Fear Itself (or as I like to call it Marvel Comics Hammertime). Nor do I usually give even a first glance to Marvel’s slate of .1 issues which seems like a really odd attempt to explain storylines that writers aren’t doing well in the monthly titles. So the fact that I even glanced at this issue, let alone bought it, might at first appear odd.

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Sweet Jackman’s pecs, it’s Friday! Which means it’s time to traipse through this week’s comic rack with the Four Color Freak-Out gang, as well as a look at the new Batman: Year One animated feature and Ernest Cline’s fabulous “Ready Player One“.

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No time for love, Doctah Jones! Because it’s time to FREAK OUT once again with your hosts, Aaron, Alan, and Bobby as we take on Doctor Who, Star Wars on Blu-Ray, Bobby’s trip to I-Con, and of course: The majesty of the week in comics. Find out what’s worth pulling (and what needs passing), as well as Alan’s haunting secret and the allure of Le Femme Nikita: VELOCIRAPTOR. What are you waiting for?

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Yessireebob, it’s another Four Color Freak-Out! This time Alan & Aaron talk about Cowboys & Aliens, the newest twists in Fear Itself, Flashpoint, the continuing tragedy of Dynamite Publishing, and why Marvel really is the House of Ideas.

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I’ve been lukewarm to the entire Fear Itself storyline, but this is the first tie-in that I’ve really liked. And it’s not only because it manages to summarize the entire summer event in a single panel (though it does, marvelously). It’s because this is simply a darn good story, even if it is tied to an event I care little or nothing about. And even more unlikely, it’s centered around a character I’ve never given two shits about.

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One month later here’s what we know: Bucky Barnes is still dead, the world is still going to Hell, Thor is back, and so far no one actually has a plan on how to stop an evil God of Fear from playing Hammertime all over the Marvel Universe. Oh yeah, and Steve Rogers is Captain America, again.

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Earth is going to Hell. The Gods of Asgard have abandoned the realm to return to Asgard and begin readying for a war whose first casualty will be the planet Earth. All across the world heroes and villains are picking up magic hammers and becomes mindless slaves (or sometimes not, a little consistency please) to the All-Father of Fear.

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Although I liked this issue more than I thought I would, I was surprised at the amount of effort writer Matt Fraction went to try and convince me how epic Marvel’s latest summer event Fear Itself will be (ex: giving seemingly everyone who works at Marvel Comics credit on the title page). For a story centered around Odin and the Red Skull’s daughter, you’ll have to forgive me if I’m not yet ready to drink the Kool-Aid just yet.

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